Wednesday, October 22, 2003

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Contributor)

This is one of my all-time favorite children's stories.

We read that "King Bidgood's in the bathtub and he won't get out!" The lively characters, anxious to get their King out of the bathtub, but definitely not wanting to offend his royal sensibilities, subject themselves to the King's demands to fish with him -- in the tub. Dress up for a masquerade -- in the tub. Dine with him -- in the tub.

The lyrics are cute, but the best part of this story is, without a doubt, the beautiful illustrations.

This one is a keeper.

Sharp Edges by Jayne Ann Krentz

I really found the hero and heroine to be believable, the storyline was interesting, and the setting was really fun to read about.

There were, however, a few major problems with the story, which I found distracting. In the style of "Scooby-Doo", the "bad guy" confesses all, and long drawn out conversations ensue -- all while the "bad guy" is holding the gun and we're waiting for him to pull the trigger. I find this particularly irritating in a story. Maybe criminals actually do confess all and engage in an interview with their intended victims about their motivations and how they did what they did, just before they plan to kill them, but it doesn't seem real to me. I had the feeling that the writer was taking the easy way out of unfolding a rather complicated story by letting the criminal spill the beans this way.

I was also a bit disturbed by the ease the main characters had in falling into bed with one another. There wasn't enough sexual tension, and the whole sex thing seemed just a bit too casual for my taste. Because of the backgrounds of both the hero and heroine, I felt that there was a whole lot of depth to these characters that I never got to see, which was disappointing.

Krentz does have a strong talent -- the writing is smooth, but it seems as though she rushed through this story, and brushed over some failings in the plot.

This is the 2nd story by her that I've read -- I'm intrigued enough to keep reading, I am sure she is capable of writing some very good stories, even though this one was a bit disappointing.